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A Hellish Backup Plan

June 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Hell & Purgatory

A Hellish Backup Plan   Do you have a backup plan to avoid hell? Some believe they do. They believe that someday they will get around to the all-important task of developing their spiritual lives, but that if they don’t, they are willing and ready to endure the backup plan – purgatory. This sounds plausible on its face, but what if we miss the mark? Aiming for purgatory and missing can be a hellish mistake. Can it... Read More

Fallen away family member – What can I do?

June 30, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Prayer

Dear Father John, how can I convince family members who have fallen away from the faith to come back to God and the Church? You can't. Only God can do that. But you can help. Here are some thoughts about how. There is more going on in this question than meets the eye. Almost every believer faces a question like this at some point in their journey. It can take different forms. Some of my priest colleagues have been ordained for... Read More

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles Presence of God— O Lord, grant that the [Solemnity] of these Apostles may strengthen my faith and my fidelity to the Church. MEDITATION The [Solemnity] of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, Princes of the Church, awakens in our souls a greater love for the Church and for our Holy Father the Pope. The liturgy today gives the place of honor to St. Peter, the head of the Apostles; tomorrow... Read More

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Friday following the Second Sunday after Pentecost Presence of God – O Jesus, grant that I may penetrate the secrets hidden in Your divine Heart. MEDITATION After we have contemplated the Eucharist, a gift crowning all the gifts of the love of Jesus for men, the Church invites us to give direct consideration to the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the source and cause of all... Read More

Attachments: What are they? How do they hinder my spiritual life? (II/II)

…a reader asks: In your recent series on getting stuck in spiritual growth (which was very helpful by the way) you mentioned the idea of “attachments.” I think I understand this as I have read a bit of St. John of the Cross. However, I would be grateful if you could help me understand it a bit better and for any practical advice about identifying attachments and then shedding them. I remember St. John of the Cross said... Read More

Exorcists Weigh in on Reported Possessions in Mexico (Video)

Two American Exorcists Weigh in on Reported Mexican Possessions There is one place where not even the most adventurous thrill seeker should tread: into the occult. Every exorcist will attest that even a little curiosity is dangerous because it opens one up to a world that is not always so easy to leave. According to a report on June 23 from the Daily Mail, three young Americans in a Mexican village ventured into such a world by... Read More

Home Improvement and the Quest for Peace

June 24, 2014 by  
Filed under Book Club, Vicki Burbach

The Sinner's Guide (Week 12 of 16)  In its pursuit of worldly possessions your poor heart fruitlessly exhausts itself, for it will never find content. It drinks deeply at the fountains of pleasure, yet its thirst is never appeased. Its enjoyment of the possessions it has already acquired is destroyed by an insatiable thirst for more. – The Sinner’s Guide (Chapter 31, Paragraph 7) Several years ago I took advantage of... Read More

Am I Too Much Work for God?

June 23, 2014 by  
Filed under Challenges, Fr. Bartunek, Spiritual Direction

I have a hard time accepting that God loves me just the way I am. I experienced abuse growing up, and lived in a very dysfunctional family. My son had cancer and chemo at the age of 13. I married an emotionally, religiously abusive husband. I have a hard time knowing and accepting God accepts and loves me. I feel like maybe I am too much work, even for God. Can you help me? It’s understandable to have those feelings – they... Read More

How Do I Set Up a Home Altar?

June 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Home Altar, Leila Lawler, Prayer

Dear Dan, I have heard you speak and mention the importance of having a home altar or dedicated space to pray. I must admit that this is a completely foreign idea to me but it is also intriguing and I believe can help me in my prayer life and maybe my family too. Can you give me some detail about how one would go about setting up a home altar? Dear Friend, absolutely! However, instead of answering this myself I would like to introduce... Read More

Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction, and God in You – Part 4 of 5

Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 4 of 5 Dan Burke Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction: God in You, Part 4 of 5 ~~ Dan Burke, President and Founder of Catholic Spiritual Direction and the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation and author of Navigating the Interior Life, recently joined Johnnette Benkovic on Women of Grace: Spiritual Life, Spiritual Direction, and God in You to share his story of conversion... Read More

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